We hosted a virtual discussion with H.E. Chang Keung Ryong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada on August 19th ET! View the event on our YouTube channel here.
The discussion focuses on Canada-Korea relations, security interests, transpacific relations and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also touches upon many other interesting subjects!
His Excellency Chang Keung Ryong was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Canada in June 2020.
Ambassador Chang entered in the teaching profession as an Assistant Professor at Kwangju Women’s University in Gwangju, Korea (1999-2006). He later became an Associate Professor at KWU, where he continued to teach political science and international relations (2006- 2016). During his tenure at KWU, the Ambassador took part in a Visiting Professor Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2014-2015). Upon completion, he subsequently returned to KWU to continue his teaching career (2016-2018).
Ambassador Chang left academia to become a Research Advisor at the Institute for National Security Strategy in Seoul, Korea (2017-2020). During this time, he also served as the Chairman of the International Cooperation Standing Committee for the 19th National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC) in Korea (2019-2020), until he was appointed as the Ambassador to Canada.
The Ambassador holds a B.A. in Political Science and Diplomacy from Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea (1980); an M.A. in International Relations from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, USA (1984); and a Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1996). He has received various awards, including the prestigious Korean Presidential Citation (2001).
Ambassador Chang is married to SUH Yong Suk. They have two sons.